OK, it's driving me absolutely nuts. We get a team in second and 10 or greater and all of a sudden we turn to swiss cheese. I counted five times in the first half alone when the Lions were in second and 10 (sometimes second and 15!) and just converted with ease, either calling a wide out, a screen, or reading hot and the receiver beating our DB and making the catch. That is crippling. In second and long, the advantage goes to the defence. You should be getting stops and forcing punts most of the time. But Thorpe is seemingly allergic to calling off his blitzes and running different coverages behind the defensive front.
What can we do to improve in second and long pass defence?